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Non Executive Directorships

The Advisory Committee on Packaging – Chair

Location: London

Date Posted: 21/08/2019

Closing Date: 22/09/2019

Vacancy Description

The Advisory Committee on Packaging is an Expert Committee funded by Defra. Expert Committees are not Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs), and are not subject to the same levels of review or scrutiny that ALBs require. Expert Committees comprise of external (non-civil service) specialists that advise ministers on particular policy areas and the advice they provide is operationally independent.

The Advisory Committee on Packaging is designed to bring together the expertise and experience of individuals with a specific interest in packaging and packaging waste issues. They are drawn from the various parts of the packaging supply chain, including businesses which have legal obligations under the GB and NI Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations, e.g. manufacturers of packaging raw materials, converters, packer/fillers and sellers, as well as others who are involved in the management of packaging waste – local authorities, compliance schemes, waste management companies and exporters.

We are looking for a new chair of the ACP Committee. The Chair will need to provide effective leadership to the Committee and will be responsible for its operation and outputs. This will include agreeing a work programme with Defra at the start of each financial year and reporting to Ministers on the Committee’s progress once a year. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of professional achievement and personal credibility within a field relevant to the remit of the Committee. There is currently a major phase of reform of the whole packaging system, therefore the successful candidate should also have a strong knowledge of packaging and packaging waste across the whole value chain.

The Chair will need to:

• Provide direction to the ACP’s work;

• Be aware of wider political environment and opportunities,

• Work with Ministers from time to time;

• Chair quarterly meetings of the ACP and establish and manage subgroups or task force meetings;

• Ensure that high standards of propriety are observed at all times and that ACP members act in the public interest;

• Ensure that the ACP does not exceed its remit or function;

• Enable all ACP members to make a full contribution to the Committee’s objectives;

• Be able to handle queries from the media concerning the activities of the Committee, and represent its activities in an open and positive manner

Person Specification

The Chair is expected to have:

• Demonstrable ability to provide leadership at board or senior level within an organisation. Experience of chairing groups with a diverse make-up and potentially diverging agendas.

• Knowledge of the broad policy framework for packaging and waste along with a good understanding of recent market developments and future opportunities in relation to packaging, packaging waste and producer responsibility.

• Demonstrable skills in building effective working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, offering constructive challenge, and working towards solutions which can be accepted by the whole group.

• An ability to think strategically and grasp complex issues quickly.

• Excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively at the highest levels of government and business, including to Ministers. An ability to present information effectively and formulate views persuasively, both written and verbal, in a formal committee environment.

• Good analytical skills with an ability to solve problems in a creative manner.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 23.59 (midnight) on 22nd September. Email to packaging@defra.gov.uk quoting reference ACPChair19.

For further information please email: packaging@defra.gov.uk

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